British fashion chain Ted Baker (TED.L) on Monday said Chairman John Barton had died, and senior independent director Helena Feltham would take on the role of interim chairman with immediate effect.
Report informs, citing Reuters, that in a brief statement, the London-listed retailer did not specify the cause of Barton's death, but said it was sudden.
Barton, 77, joined Ted Baker from airline easyJet (EZJ.L) in July last year, as the fashion group's management sought to revive its fortunes after suffering a string of setbacks in 2019.
Ted Baker has also been working to repair its image after former boss Ray Kelvin left in 2019 following misconduct allegations. Kelvin, who started the company in 1988 in Glasgow in Scotland, has denied the allegations.
The company has 377 stores and concessions.